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Re: [RFR] wml://intro/about.wml

robert pogson wrote:
> Perhaps "enable" would be a better word than "allow".

Yes; "allow" is almost always arguable (except for things like PAM),
and I have a natural bias against it since my work on
debian-l10n-english frequently involves correcting sentences along the
lines of "APT allows to manage installs".

> It changes focus from the
> system to the user which is consistent with the ideals of Free Software.

On the other hand my "makes it possible" was designed to introduce a
bit of wiggle room; setting things up for automated installs of
thousands of packages on thousands of computers isn't quite a matter
of ticking an "enable configuration management" checkbox.

> I
> remember the last position I had where I begged and bullied our PCs to update
> with that other OS. Changing to Debian GNU/Linux and using APT  enabled us to
> increase the number of PCs in the system several times while decreasing the
> effort. I felt my life was changed from labouring in waist-deep water to
> leaping over tall buildings with ease.
> I don't think it is possible to over-sell APT. [...]

Try harder!  It's a 100% bug-free solution to all life's problems,
requiring no human intervention at any stage, and I especially love
its rich chocolatey flavour!

Personally I already liked Debian even in the days of dpkg/dselect,
but yes, when APT came along it provided a whole extra level of
awesomeness that other operating systems just aren't in a position to
JBR	with qualifications in linguistics, experience as a Debian
	sysadmin, and probably no clue about this particular package

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